Betsy DeVos’ Impressive Background

Betsy DeVos is one of the eleven education secretaries of the US. She attained this position after President Donald J. Trump chose her on February 7, 2017. What amazes me is that she was appointed to this position based on her experience. For more than thirty years, she has served as both an advocate for children and as a voice for many parents like me. As such, she has been a leader who is dedicated to shaping the education system for us. Betsy is particularly passionate about coming up with reforms that are aimed at assisting the under-served children in attaining quality education. The act reflects her philanthropic ambitions in helping the society which inspires me.

 

Betsy DeVos’ interest in venturing into education sector started at an early age. Betsy’s interest was due to interaction with her mother who was a public school teacher. The interest in venturing into this field grew further when she was confronted with the reality of the education system after she sent her children to school. The challenge of the education system in America that she realized is that children are not granted equal opportunities. It interests me that the commencement of DeVos’ work in philanthropic activities began by first overseeing the activities partaken by leaders in her hometown in increasing the level of educational opportunities. Upon evaluation of this domain, she has become actively involved in fighting for rights of children and bringing better education in the nation. I am also impressed to know that DeVos worked for fifteen years in Grand Rapids Public Schools as an in- school mentor. Her tasks involved interaction with children exposed to various risks. DeVos asserts that her interaction in this platform altered her perception significantly towards education and has changed her life. Ever since she has worked as a leader, who empowers parents in addition to ensuring children get a quality education. Some of her achievements include the creation of new education choices for students in different regions across the District of Columbia and over twenty-five states. Since the year 1989, DeVos and her husband Dick have contributed tens of millions of dollars towards the philanthropic foundation. I have also noted that her family has also spent several millions of dollar in bankrolling Republican candidates. Other contributions of this family have been towards making conservative organizations improve on their activities.

 

Currently, Betsy DeVos is one of the members of a board named the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy. In the year 2015, DeVos made a significant donation to a think tank in Washington D. C. DeVos where her family contributed $750,000 and promised to add $1 million in future for funding it. In my view, her philanthropic activities towards improved education system were depicted when DeVos’ foundation contributed $10,000 to the Institute for Justice. DeVos’ Foundation also contributed $6,500 to a group that promotes diverse conservative view points of college students named Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

 

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A Highlight of Betsy DeVos Charitable and Education Background

Since Michigan philanthropist and Republican Party donor Betsy DeVos was appointed by President Donald Trump and ultimately endorsed as the new US Education Secretary, a lot has been said about what her leadership portends. An article published on The Atlantic Journal on 23 November, 2016 tries to extricate what we can expect. According to the article Betsy will among other things push for school choice, fight deregulation of charter schools and remain politically active.  She believes school choice will give parents the ability to choose the best schools for their children, whether public, private or charter. In line with his promise, President Trump has promptly proposed a $20 billion federal voucher program supporting parent’s decision to take kids to the academic institutions of their choice.

On deregulation, the DeVos family has in the past supported efforts to prevent the state of Michigan from strengthening their oversight over charter schools, even though the idea did not come to fruition. Following that stance, it is likely Betsy DeVos will lean towards deregulation. Statistics indicate that 80% of state level charter schools are operated by private companies, and there are fears that bad charter schools may continue to provide low education standard if left unmonitored. Politically speaking, Betsy DeVos is a devout Republican. She has served the party in various capacities, including acting as Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party at one time. Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos huge charitable donations and support for the Republican Party has been a subject of discussion by both supporters and critics alike. According to an excerpt on Mlive.com, the DeVoses donated $11.6 million in charitable giving in 2015.

The family doled out a total of $104 million during the same year; a feat that landed the family in the 2015 Forbes list of America Top Givers. In total, Forbes places the lifetime giving of the entire Devos extended family at a staggering $1.3 billion. Most of the donations from Betsy and her husband are targeted at educational causes. In 2013, the list of beneficiaries from the DeVoses included Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Cinematic Art in Grand Rapids and a Detroit charter school called New Urban Learning. Betsy support for education can be traced back to her upbringing. According to an excerpt on Wikipedia, Betsy DeVos grew in a conservative community of Holland, Michigan. She then went to a private school called Holland Christian High School. From high school, she attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Arts. While growing up in Michigan, Betsy attended Christian Reformed Church in North America.

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